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Slim Boukhdhir

Slim Boukhdhir is an online journalist in Tunisia who spent eight months in prison for his work.

Blog   |   Tunisia

A Tunisian blogger speaks out: ‘The candles are lit’

My country’s government brags unabashedly that it has not passed any laws that require government authorization to establish an electronic publication or a Web site or a blog on the Internet. Those that cheerlead for this government rely on this point to propagate the lie they call “the freedom to publish electronically” in Tunisia.

Blog   |   Tunisia

A blogger in Tunisia: My life with the censor

The specter of government opposition to blogging, journalism, and free expression in general in Tunisia is so intense that the mere appearance of a specific name online is enough to push the government to block the Web site where it appears, even if that site is not critical of the government. 

April 30, 2009 10:00 AM ET

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Blog   |   Tunisia

Tunisian president calls criticism "unbecoming"

Slim Boukhdir

During his address to the nation on the anniversary of Tunisia's independence on March 20, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali did not hesitate to reject critical journalism and the right of journalists to cover corruption or mistakes by the government. As customary, local groups concerned with press freedom, including the Tunisian Observatory for Press Freedom and the Tunisian Journalists' Syndicate, hesitated--until Wednesday--to rebut the president's statements.

March 26, 2009 1:48 PM ET

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